Thursday, December 17, 2009
FRE 320 French Women Writers
I have had the great opportunity to teach French Women Writers this semester to our advanced French students. This literature course covered narrative expression from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Students had the experience of reading Chèvrefeuille by Marie de France, two "nouvelles" from Marguerite de Navarre's L'Heptaméron, La Princesse de Clèves by Madame de Lafayette, George Sand's Indiana, Colette's Chéri, followed by Élise ou la vraie vie by Claire Etcherelli. Our last novel was Kamouraska by Anne Hébert, our visit to Québécois literature. We studied narrative style and genre developments in the novel. Our class discussions focused on women's expression of their experiences in relationship to themes of transgression and tabou. The class also had the opportunity to research a French female figure of their choice and learn about her life and contributions, which they presented at the Recital. I congratulate the FRE 320 students this semester for their willing participation and their insightful understanding that made this class so successful.